I am used to the good handfull of tapas places in the DC area, where you can order in rounds and everything labeled tapas are what I understood them to be: small dishes.
Last weekend in SF we went to a pretty good looking Mexican place (and that means more to true Mexican cuisine than burritos, tacos, etc).
They said they served everything tapas style.
We ordered a few things completely ready to make that our first round. Our waitress was distressed and goaded us into ordering more, so we threw one more item on there and said that would be enough for the first round and that we'd like to try some other things for later rounds.
What we got was a lot of food. I think basically what they did was serve everything a La Carte, meaning I could choose an entree dish, then pick my sides.
Anyone else ever seen this seeming misnomer of "tapas style" rather than a la carte? Seems to me that they were trying to cash in on a trendy term.